“RPA needs to be fully implemented by the incoming Assembly." - Maskey
Sinn Féin Assembly candidate for South Belfast, Alex Maskey, along with party colleagues and Local Government candidates, Sean McPeake and Cara McShane, have today outlined Sinn Féin's priorities for Local Government in the next term.
Speaking today Mr maskey said:
“Sinn Féin`s approach to RPA is underpinned by the Republican principles of democracy and equality.
“We will be demanding that Review of Public Administration (RPA) delivers a system that addresses both representative and participatory democracy whilst providing for an efficient, effective and responsive administration.
“There is now more than ever a requirement that local government delivers a wider range of quality services in a timely and equitable manner for the ratepayers from which it serves.
“Historically local government has often been seen as the `poor relation` when compared with the larger Assembly departments regarding the delivery of services to its citizens.
“The planned local government RPA was to have been implemented in May 2011.
“RPA needs to be fully implemented by the incoming Assembly.
“In the interim period before the creation of the new councils, new legislation needs to be put in place which would allow for checks and balances and equality safeguards for the existing 26 councils before being transferred into the larger 11 council model.
“Because of the experiences of the mis-use of local government powers this legislation needs to be firmly bedded in place prior to any additional functions being transferred to the councils.